Local News

  • Shooting investigation still open

    The investigation into a Meade County accidental shooting that resulted in the death of a Vine Grove teen has not been completed as investigators wait to conduct a final interview, according to the Meade County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff Butch Kerrick said Friday deputies wanted to complete a final oral interview with Louis Dercqu, 18, of Radcliff.

    According to law enforcement, Dercqu accidentally shot Shelby Langley, 19, while the two were cleaning guns Aug. 30 at a Meade County residence.

  • Farm safety devices lead to decrease in agriculture fatalities statewide

    Hardin County Extension Agent Matt Adams said Kentucky has seen a decline in agriculture and farm-related fatalities with the expansion of seat belts and rollover safety devices on farm equipment.

    According to data Adams obtained from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, the state recorded 12 agriculture-related fatalities in 2010 and nine in 2009. Statistics for 2011 were not available, he said.

  • Vets come together to place bricks, pavers

    Leon Chambers stared at a row of pavers in front of him on a sun-kissed Thursday morning.

    Visibly shaken, he rubbed his hand over one of the blocks, which happened to hold his name and a small description of his military service. Tears began to well as the weight of the surprise hit him.

    “I didn’t know this was going to be here,” he said.

    Rik Hawkins, a member of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute committee, smiled when informed of Chambers’ reaction and said he is humbled to be part of such a moving memorial.

  • Hendren headed to D.C. on Honor Flight

    Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives served by East Kentucky Power Cooperative have joined the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network to sponsor an Honor Flight for World War II veterans on Saturday.

    This marks the second year Nolin and Touchstone Energy have sponsored an honor flight.

  • Farm community mourns loss of Pat Owsley

    Rocked by the death Wednesday of one of its members, the Hardin County farming community has rallied around a Cecilia family.

    Those who worked and lived alongside Pat Owsley described him as a selfless and devoted family man who loved God, University of Kentucky athletics and farm life.

    Kevin Mobley, Owsley’s cousin, farmed with him and characterized him as an eternal optimist.

  • Trooper injured during DUI arrest

    A Kentucky State Police Post 4 trooper was injured Wednesday night while attempting to arrest a Bardstown man for driving under the influence.

    Trooper Jonathan Downs pulled over Jason E. Aaron, 26, around 7:30 p.m. near the 18-mile marker of Blue Grass Parkway after the driver passed him, police said.

    Police said Aaron was going 106 mph in a 70 mph speed zone, according to a Post 4 news release.

    Upon stopping the vehicle, Downs suspected Aaron was under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

  • Johnston nominated for leadership award

    Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston recently received national recognition for district leadership.

    Johnston is one of 25 nominees in the United States for the 2013 American Association of School Administrators Women in School Leadership Award. Johnston was nominated for the award by representatives of the Green River Regional Education Cooperative.

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  • McConnell discusses drug designation

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell stopped Thursday afternoon in Elizabethtown to answer questions from local health care professionals and discuss the county’s recent designation as a high intensity drug trafficking area.

    The Senate minority leader played a “critical role” in Hardin County’s recent inclusion in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which was created in 1988 and covers 66 counties, said Tracy Schiller, chief of Elizabethtown Police Department.

  • Two charged with criminal abuse

    An Elizabethtown couple was arrested Wednesday night after state troopers found their home to be “detrimental” living conditions for their three children.

    Jennifer Hart, 33, and Christopher Hart, 37, face charges of first-degree criminal abuse. They were released around 1 p.m. Thursday from Hardin County Detention Center on partially secured $10,000 bonds.